CCSM Launches Mano a Mano Mutual Aid Fund
CCSM is excited to announce the establishment of the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The fund strengthens CCSM’s existing mutual aid, accompaniment, and rapid response programming. Together the fund and build up of programming will increase the exchange of financial support, resources, services, and information to meet the economic, food insecurity, and survival needs of immigrants in Columbia and Greene counties (NY) during these challenging times.
The immigration system and COVID pandemic are a confluence of crises for our communities.
Even though it is estimated that undocumented immigrants pay $11.6 billion in state and local taxes and contribute approximately $16 billion to social security and medicare annually, our families are continously denied access to healthcare, social services, and paid sick leave during a global pandemic. Despite disproportionate levels of unemployment in our communities, undocmented immigrants continue to be systematically excluded from state and federal relief programs.
It is for these reasons we are moving from a place of abundance and inclusivity to establish the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund. Together Immigrants and allies are building our own safety net and flattening the curve with collective care and mutual aid.
How The Fund Works
CCSM is offering immigrants in Columbia and Greene counties (NY) a one time mutual aid grant to meet basic needs during the COVID pandemic. Each household will be eligible for up to $300. Funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
To proceed to our secure application click the Apply button below or contact CCSM at 518-303-3848 for more information and/or assistance completing your application.
CCSM’s Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund is made possible by grassroots donors like you. Mano A Mano has received contributions from the North Star Fund and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Columbia County COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund.